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Make a Joomla Template in 5 Easy Steps

Make a Joomla Template in 5 Easy Steps

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Make a Joomla Templatein 5 Easy Steps
 A Beginners Guide
By Gary Reidhttp://clubtvk.com
 
 
 Copyright © 2006 Gary Reid. All Rights Reserved.No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission.Please see the license in Appendix 5 of this book.Published 2006 by Gary Reidin the United Kingdomhttp://garyreid.co.uk Phone +44 (0)141 530 8654 • Email gary@garyreid.co.uk Copyright InfoThe copyright of this work belongs to Gary Reid, who is solely responsible for thecontent. Please direct content feedback or permissions to gary@garyreid.co.uk.The moral right of the author has been asserted.
 
 
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Chapter 1: Introduction................................................................................................................................................1 Who’s This For?........................................................................................................................................................1 What You Will Need................................................................................................................................................2Preamble.....................................................................................................................................................................2Important Stuff!........................................................................................................................................................2Chapter 2: The Basics of a Joomla Template............................................................................................................3 The index.php file.....................................................................................................................................................3 The templateDetails.xml file...................................................................................................................................4 The images folder.....................................................................................................................................................5 The css/template_css.css file..................................................................................................................................5Chapter 3: Step One - Grab the Raw Material..........................................................................................................7Chapter 4: Step Two – Make a Home for our Template........................................................................................9Chapter 5: Step Three – Create Our First Layout.................................................................................................12Menus......................................................................................................................................................................12Main Menu.........................................................................................................................................................12 Top Menu...........................................................................................................................................................12User Menu..........................................................................................................................................................13Other Menu........................................................................................................................................................13Pathway...................................................................................................................................................................13Login........................................................................................................................................................................13Search Box..............................................................................................................................................................13Main Content..........................................................................................................................................................13Banners....................................................................................................................................................................14Newsflash................................................................................................................................................................14Popular....................................................................................................................................................................14Syndicate..................................................................................................................................................................14 Who’s Online..........................................................................................................................................................14Poll’s.........................................................................................................................................................................15Related Items..........................................................................................................................................................15Random Image.......................................................................................................................................................15Latest News............................................................................................................................................................15Roundup of the Modules......................................................................................................................................15Layout......................................................................................................................................................................16 The Layout Sketch.................................................................................................................................................18 The HTML.............................................................................................................................................................20Chapter 6: Step Four Adjust The Style Sheet.....................................................................................................33 The Site Name........................................................................................................................................................33 The Top Menu.......................................................................................................................................................36 The Search Box......................................................................................................................................................39Login Box, Popular, Latest News........................................................................................................................40 The Pathway...........................................................................................................................................................43 The Main Body Area.............................................................................................................................................44Bits and Pieces........................................................................................................................................................47 The Optional Section............................................................................................................................................49 W3C Validation......................................................................................................................................................52Chapter 7: Step Five Package The template........................................................................................................53

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